GUNNERS LATEST 13:12, 11 Aug 2021Updated: 13:12, 11 Aug 2021ARSENAL are still very much in the hunt for Lautaro Martinez, according to reports.
The Gunners have indicated to the Inter star that they are willing to pay him £275,000-a-week in wages.
Meanwhile the North Londongers are not ruling out a deal for £42m-rated former loanee Martin Odegaard, should Real Madrid decide to sell.
And they could even make a shock move for Bernardo Silva, who is expected to be out of favour at Man City this season following the arrival of Jack Grealish.
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WHAT A LOAD OF KIT!
Arsenal’s kit collection is complete ahead of the 2021-22.
The Gunners’ blue and green third kit was made available to fans today.
And it comes after the red and yellow home and away kits were released earlier this summer.
NO MESSING AROUND
Lionel Messi may hope to make Paris Saint-Germain the best sports team in the world – but he has already made them the most expensive.
No team the world over, from football, baseball or NFL, can get near to the French side’s wage bill following the Argentine’s arrival.
A rumoured £650,000-a-week deal makes Messi the SIXTEENTH PSG player to be taking home a six-figure weekly pay packet.
Here, SunSport detail the top ten wage bills in sport today – with figures provided by Spotrac and Salary Sport.
AB FOR ARSENAL
The transfer tug-of-war for Tammy Abraham has taken another twist.
Chelsea’s striker is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge and has been linked with Arsenal and Roma.
The Blues are said to have agreed a fee with the Serie A side but Abraham reportedly prefers a move to North London.
And despite Roma’s general manager Tiago Pinto reportedly planning a trip to London to seal the seal, Abraham has agreed terms with Arsenal, according to journalist Bolarinwa Olajide.
Tammy Abraham has reportedly agreed terms with Arsenal despite Chelsea agreeing a fee with Roma for the transfer of the forward.
— Bolarinwa Olajide (@iambolar) August 11, 2021
Roma general manager Tiago Pinto will jet in to London in a bid to complete the signing of Tammy Abraham, it’s claimed.
But the Chelsea striker reportedly prefers a move across London to Arsenal. Abraham has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge under Thomas Tuchel since the German’s appointment last season.
Jose Mourinho wants to bring the striker to Roma and, according to The Athletic, Pinto is heading to London in an attempt to finalise a deal.
But the 23-year-old is yet to be convinced over a move to Italy and his preference is to join the Gunners.
Roma do not want to wait for long over a decision and are ready to switch to an alternative target if Abraham fails to agree a move by the end of this week.
Abraham is in Chelsea’s squad for their Super Cup match against Villarreal. But it is clear his future lies away from the Blues with the club on the verge of completing the £97.5million signing of Romelu Lukaku.
JUST WAIT AND OSEI
Nottingham Forest have completed the loan signing of Arsenal right-back Jordi Osei-Tutu until the end of the season.
It is the 22-year-old’s third loan spell away from the Emirates as Mikel Arteta looks for him to play regular first-team football.
Osei-Tutu, who joined Arsenal’s academy from Reading in 2015, linked up with German outfit VfL Bochum for the 2019-20 campaign.
After five goals in 22 appearances for the club, he was then shipped off to Cardiff last term.
But he managed just eight games after suffering a serious hamstring injury in October followed by an ankle problem in May.
And he will be now eyeing up a regular run of games having become Forest’s third signing of the summer.
THREE-SY DOES IT
Arsenal fans will have three different kits to choose from this season.
As is the tradition, the Gunners will play in red and white while their away kit will be yellow and their third kit blue.
SUN, SEA AND SECURITY – EXCLUSIVE
After their heartbreak in the Euro 2020 final, England’s stars headed on holiday with a new accessory — a minder.
Players were aware of the problems Harry Maguire found himself in when arrested in Mykonos last year. So a large number went away with security, who spent their evenings sat at the back of restaurants and bars sipping soft drinks and keeping an eye on things.
Mason Mount, Jack Grealish and Ben Chilwell all headed to Mykonos – as did singing sensation Kyle Walker. Luke Shaw and Declan Rice continued their bromance with the rest of the group, too.
Ex-Leeds pals Kalvin Phillips and Ben White were also spotted enjoying themselves on the island. Euros hero Raheem Sterling, meanwhile, opted for a yacht trip in Ibiza with his fiancée Paige Milian and three kids.
You might think the added security measures are extreme. But when you consider the value of these players — and the potential for disaster — employing bodyguards is not a bad shout.
The clubs did not come up with the idea but were certainly not disapproving. And it is a sign of things to come.
Arsenal and Tottenham are in for Lautaro Martinez, according to reports.
Spurs are said to have made a £60m bid for Inter’s Argentine on Friday.
But the forward is said to be uninterested in a move to the North Londoners, according to his agent.
However, he could still move to their bitter rivals Arsenal, according to Eurosport.
They are even said to have agreed personal terms on a deal of around £275,000-a-week.
VERY S-MART INDEED
Gabriel Martinelli is one of several Arsenal stars to be modelling their new third kit.
The jazzy blue and green shirts are available for fans to buy this morning.
Arsenal want to keep Rob Holding this season, according to reports.
And therefore the club look set to reject any transfer approaches from Newcastle for the defender. Holding, 25, was linked with a move to St James’ Park last summer before Steve Bruce reportedly reignited his interest this week.
Leicester were also thought to be considering a move amid their injury crisis with Jonny Evans and Wesley Fofana on the sidelines.
But according to Football London, Holding is determined to stay put at the Emirates and fight for his future under Mikel Arteta.
That is despite the club splashing out £50million on Ben White this summer and also having Pablo Mari, Gabriel Magalhaes and Calum Chambers competing for a starting spot.
The ex-Bolton man may even make a swift return from injury to face Brentford in the Premier League curtain-raiser this Friday night.
GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS
The Gunners have been told they’ll have to pay £42million for Martin Odegaard by Real Madrid, according to journalist Lucas Navarrete.
The 22-year-olds agent has reportedly told Real Madrid bosses he is unsure of his future at the Bernabeu, with Arsenal keen to pounce on their number one target.
And Tammy Abraham is said to have agreed personal terms with the Gunners, despite a £34million fee being agreed with Roma.
The 23-year-old is said to be unsure about moving to Italy though and would rather a switch to his boyhood club, but Chelsea aren’t keen on selling Abraham to a Premier League rival.
Denis Zakaria is rumoured to be at the centre of a transfer tussle between Arsenal and Tottenham, with reports in Germany claiming the club – who finished eighth in the Bundesliga – may be willing to listen to offers of around £17m.
It’s a cut-price deal with the 6ft 2in defensive midfielder – who can also play in midfield – thought to be valued around the £43million mark in March 2020.
And finally Arsenal and Manchester United’s pursuit of Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso has been given a huge boost.
The Bundesliga giants had initially wanted £17million for the star, according to Metro, but with only one year left on his contract with Bayern they’re eager to cash in on him before his deal ends..
After receiving no concrete offers for the Frenchman, they’ve slashed that price significantly to just £8.5m, Bild have reported.
And Manchester United have ended their interest in Kieran Trippier, according to reports.
The Red Devils were linked with a £30million switch for the Atletico Madrid star throughout the summer as they looked to bolster their defence but their interest has cooled according to the Mirror.
That could be Arsenal’s signal to make a move for the 30-year-old England international.
NO GO LACA
Arsenal are reported to have offered frontman Alexandre Lacazette to Inter Milan.
But Italian news outlet L’Interista claims the 30-year-old striker is not a target for the Serie A champs.
The Nerazzurri are thought to be on the hunt for a forward to replace Romelu Lukaku, with the goal machine set to move to Chelsea.
However, it is claimed the club are unlikely to make a move for Lacazette this summer.
MARTIN WANTS OUT
Spanish outlet Marca are reporting that Martin Odegaard’s agent has told Real Madrid his client is uncertain over his future at the club.
The Gunners have been told that they’ll have to fork out £42million for the midfielder by Real Madrid, according to journalist Lucas Navarette.
The 22-year-old is said to be Mikel Arteta’s number one target as the Gunners seek a long-term creative replacement for Mesut Ozil.
And with Odegaard keen to force a Real Madrid exit, Arsenal could make their move.
Arsenal full-back Jordi Osei-Tutu has joined Nottingham Forest on a season long loan deal.
Osei-Tutu joined the Arsenal set-up in 2015 from Reading, and has since had loan spells with German side Vfl Bochum and Cardiff.
He made seven appearances for the Bluebirds last season, and after a promising start to his loan spell he suffered a season-ending hamstring injury in mid-October.
He told Forest’s official website: “I’m delighted to sign for such a historic club and I can’t wait to see the fans for the first time.
“Everything about the club attracted me and the manager, Chris Hughton, is great and I’m excited to get started.
“It’s really important for me to get my head down now and it’s good to know that I’m here for a full season and I want to show everyone what I can do.
“I know what to expect in the division, it’s a very tough and physical league but I’m ready for the challenge ahead.”
TAMMY TERMS AGREED
Tammy Abraham as agreed personal terms with ARSENAL, according to Italian outlet Il Messaggero.
It had been reported yesterday that Chelsea and Roma had agreed a £34million fee for the 23-year-old, but Abraham is said to be unsure about a switch to Italy and would rather move to boyhood club Arsenal.
And the Gunners are said to have agreed personal terms with the striker, but no formal bid has been lodged as of yet.
Chelsea would rather Abraham moved to Roma and not a Premier League rival, but Abraham seems to have his heart set on Arsenal.
The Gunners play three out of the ‘Big Six’ in their opening six matches of the season, including the North London Derby against Spurs at the end of December.
Within that are games against newly promoted Brentford and Norwich, as well as a trip to Burnley.
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Denis Zakaria is rumoured to be at the centre of a transfer tussle between Arsenal and Tottenham, SANDRA BROBBEY reports.
And the Switzerland ace is also being eyed by Everton amid rumours the player wants to call time on his Borussia Monchengladbach career.
German newspaper Bild via Sport Witness claims all three Prem rivals are keen on bringing the midfielder to England’s top-flight this summer.
Arsenal defender Tolaji Bola has joined League One side Rotherham on a permanent deal.
The 22-year-old has never made a first team appearance but was named on the bench once in a league cup against Nottingham Forest in September 2019.
The defender made 11 appearances on loan at Rochdale in the first half of last season, but now leaves the Emirates on a permanent deal.
Bola has been at the club since he was nine-years-old, but moves on from the club without a first team appearance to his name.
JACK THE LAD
Former Arsenal man Jack Wilshire is excited by Arsenal’s transfer business this summer, and has backed Thomas Partey to have a better second season than a disappointing first campaign at the Emirates.
Partey is currently out injured after picking up a knock in the Mind Series game against Chelsea, and is set to miss the first two games of the season.
But Wilshire believes Partey has got what it takes to succeed at the Emirates, telling talkSPORT: “I think Ben White is a good signing and I like the look of the boy [Albert Sambi] Lokonga, he looks really good.
“I also think they’ll get more out of Thomas Partey this year. He’s a top player and I think he will come good.”
Arsenal are set to TRIPLE Lautaro Martinez’s wages in a bid to tempt the Argentinian in a move to North London.
According to Eurosport the Gunners have discussed personal terms with the 23-year-old, and are willing to turn his £81,000-a-week to a whopping £275,000-a-week.
It had been reported that Spurs had made an approach for the £60million rated man, but Inter are reluctant to let go of their man.
With the Nerazzurri set to let Romelu Lukaku leave in a £97.5million deal to Chelsea, last season’s Serie A winners are desperate not to lose their two main men.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has savaged their Premier League rivals Arsenal.
He said on hive FIVE YouTube channel: “With Arsenal, I know they’re building and Arteta is trying to build something and he’s setting the foundations there, but they’re in no man’s land.
“They’re not a threat to anybody. You don’t consider them a real threat at all and it’s not just the Arsenal that I played against with Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Martin Keown, Tony Adams, Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole.
“It’s just a very different time now for Arsenal. It’s sad to see because I really like Arsenal.”
SENT TO THE SHOPS
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg dazed with a sublime piece of skill at the weekend, JUSTIN LAWRENCE reports.
Tottenham midfielder Hojbjerg was still trying to figure out what day it was after the Arsenal skipper’s fancy bit of footwork.
Hojbjerg had attempted to nick the ball off of Aubameyang in the 24th minute of the 1-0 Spurs win on Sunday.
But the striker anticipated Hojbjerg’s incoming lunge and neatly side-stepped it with a silky, speedy one-two before driving the ball into the Spurs box.
Arsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ‘send Hojbjerg to shops’ with ridiculous bit of trickery in Spurs friendly
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Arsenal and Manchester United’s pursuit of Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso has been given a huge boost.
The Bundesliga giants had initially wanted £17million for the star, according to Metro.
But after receiving no concrete offers for him, they’ve slashed that price significantly to just £8.5m, Bild have reported.
The France international only has one year left on his contract with Bayern and they’re eager to cash in on him before his deal ends.
The German champions were reportedly considering offering Tolisso a new contract but decided against it in order to bring in some fresh legs.
And they plan to use the funds raised from Tolisso’s departure to do just that.
Former Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez is confident his Argentina teammate Lionel Messi will be the top scorer in Ligue 1 next season.
The 28-year-old shot stopper joined Aston Villa in a £15million move last summer, in a move that some Arsenal fans have gone on to regret.
The Argentinian goalkeeper enjoyed a stellar season in between the sticks at Villa Park last campaign, and has credited Lionel Messi for making him a better goalkeeper.
He told Sky Sports: “He made me a better goalkeeper. That’s the reality. It was a shock for everyone. No-one knew he was going to go there.
“Maybe it would be good for him to have a new challenge. They have some South American and Argentinian players there.
“I have no doubt he will be the goalscorer in the French league and hopefully win the Champions League. It’s a player who can do it all.”
Arsenal have opened talks with Manchester City regarding a deal for Portuguese international Bernardo Silva, journalist Pedro Almeida reports.
City will demand around £40m for his signature according to the Express, with Jack Grealish’s arrival at the Etihad limiting Silva’s opportunities on the pitch.
Pep Guardiola himself confirmed Silva was likely to leave this summer, and with Arsenal on the lookout for a creative midfielder Bernardo Silva could be exactly the man they’re looking for.